Although it is a non-Olympiad year, there is plenty to look forward too in 2013. In the first half of the year the FIDE Candidates Tournament is going to be the stand out event. It takes place in London from mid March, and the winner goes on to play Viswanathan Anand in the World Championship in November.
There is also the FIDE World Cup in August, which is being hosted by Tromso in Norway. The next 4 tournaments in the Agon Grand Prix series are also taking place this year.
On the local scene, the 51st Doeberl Cup is being held in late March. This years event coincides with the Canberra Centenary, which means that there will also be plenty of activities away from the chessboard. The Sydney International Open is on straight after the Doeberl, providing a fortnight of strong chess and title opportunities, Fiji are hosting this years Oceania Zonal, with the winner qualifying for the World Cup.
For Canberra players, the first part of the year is now 'FIDE rating' season, with the ANU Masters, the ACT Championship, and the Doeberl Cup all providing opportunities for players to gain or improve their International ranking. And of course Street Chess is running every Saturday in Canberra City, providing a pleasant but competitive weekly fix of rapidplay.